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Dr. Kyle Nelson

Dr. Kyle Nelson
PhD NE 2013; Kyle Nelson joined the SMART Laboratory research team in Fall 2008. Kyle worked on two innovative neutron detection technologies, those being the optically stimulated neutron detector and the low-density insert gas detector. The optically stimulated neutron detector operates with the Pockels cell effect, where radiation interactions in a Pockels cell cause detectable polarization changes in transmitted light. The low-density insert detector uses porous materials laced with neutron reactive materials inserted into gas-filled proportional counters. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nuclear Engineering in 2013 for his work on 6Li-Foil neutron detectors, which was recognized with an R&D; 100 Award in 2014. At graduation, Dr. Nelson had published five conference papers and five journal papers with over twelve more pending. He is also a co-inventor on two allowed patents and one patent pending. Dr. Nelson presently works at SPAWAR in San Diego, CA. Advisor: Douglas S. McGregor

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